Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Tulsa, OK

Answering All of Your Dental Questions

Do you have questions about any of the treatments that we offer? Would you like to learn how to take better care of your teeth and gums at home? Below, we’ve answered some of the most common questions that we receive from our patients for your convenience. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for, feel free to call our team directly and ask!

How often should I change out my toothbrush?

It’s recommended that you change out your toothbrush once every three months, whenever you notice the bristles are beginning to fray, or after you’ve just gotten over being sick. This will prevent bacteria from accumulating on the toothbrush head and spreading to your mouth or damaging your gums.

Why are dental X-rays necessary?

Many dentists take X-rays once every six months or year, depending on your risk factor for developing oral health problems. With these images, they’re able to view the portion of your mouth that lies below the gumline and diagnose otherwise invisible problems, like impacted teeth, interproximal cavities, cysts, and tumors.

What should I do if I grind my teeth at night?

If you grind your teeth at night (a condition called bruxism), you’ll need to take protective measures to prevent them from becoming damaged, worn-down, or fractured. Our team at Southern Woods Dental Care offers durable acrylic mouthguards that you can wear at night to protect your teeth, jaw joints, and muscles.

If my tooth got knocked-out, can the dentist put it back in its socket?

This is sometimes possible, depending on the details of the situation and whether you arrive to your emergency dental office in Tulsa fast enough. Typically, in order to reinsert a tooth back in its socket successfully, you need to see your dentist within an hour of the incident and store the tooth in a container of milk or saltwater to keep it viable.

What causes toothaches?

Toothaches can be caused by problems as simple as a piece of food, like a popcorn kernel, being stuck between your teeth, or as serious as a tooth infection. We recommend that patients first gently floss between their teeth to see if their pain is caused by lodged debris. If your toothache persists, call our office immediately so we can examine and treat the issue before it can cause permanent oral damage.

Will my dental insurance cover emergency dentistry?

Many dental insurance plans provide some type of coverage for emergency dentistry; however, it’s important to know that every policy differs. That being said, the best way to find out whether yours will cover your treatment is to contact them directly. Our team would be more than happy to complete a benefits check on your behalf so you know what to expect financially.

How can I tell if I have gum disease?

Some of the most common signs of gum disease include:

  • Bleeding gums whenever you brush or floss your teeth
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Receding gums that make your teeth look longer
  • Tender or sore gums
  • Pus between your teeth and gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Dental sensitivity

If you notice any of these, call our office so we can conduct a screening for gum disease and develop a treatment plan to keep the condition from progressing.